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I have a UNIX timestamp and I'd like to get a formatted date (like the output of date) corresponding to that timestamp.

My attempts so far:

$ date +%s
$ date -d 1282367908
date: invalid date `1282367908'
$ date -d +1282367908
date: invalid date `+1282367908'
$ date +%s -d +1282367908
date: invalid date `+1282367908'

I'd like to be able to get output like:

$ TZ=UTC somecommand 1282368345
Sat Aug 21 05:25:45 UTC 2010
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4 Answers 4

up vote 27 down vote accepted

On Mac OS X and BSD:

$ date -r 1282368345
Sat Aug 21 07:25:45 CEST 2010
$ date -r 1282368345 +%Y-%m-%d

with GNU core tools (you have to dig through the info file for that):

$ date -d @1282368345
Sat Aug 21 07:25:45 CEST 2010
$ date -d @1282368345 --rfc-3339=date
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It takes a lot of digging, though, which is surprising for such a common task. –  David Z Aug 21 '10 at 8:04
Thanks, accepted your answer. I should have read info coreutils date a little more carefully. –  Umang Aug 21 '10 at 8:27

After some googling, I found way to do it with the date command only:

$ date --date "Jan 1, 1970 00:00:00 +0000 + 1282367908 seconds"
Sat Aug 21 09:18:28 MSD 2010
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Thanks for that. I was hoping there'd be something simpler, so just an up vote for now. –  Umang Aug 21 '10 at 6:36
another great example for how google makes you stupid. does nobody ever read the documentation anymore? –  hop Aug 21 '10 at 7:28

This perl one-liner will do it:

$ perl -e 'print scalar localtime $ARGV[0]' 1282367908
Sat Aug 21 09:18:28 2010
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Another neat example of the rich heritage of modern Unix. This is indeed possible under most BSD variants:

$ TZ=UTC date -r 1282368345
Sat Aug 21 05:25:45 UTC 2010

(BTW your example seems to be off by one second)

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Doesn't work on Linux. hop's answer seems to have the correct Linux answer. Thanks for pointing that out, I suspected something like that would happen, I've made it 45 seconds now. –  Umang Aug 21 '10 at 8:21

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